COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M knocked the Missouri Tigers out with a 14-6 victory on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. A nine-run sixth highlighted the offensive exposition and helped the Aggies snag the rubber game from the Tigers.
Matt Kent (6-0) led the Aggies staff with another superb outing and notched his sixth win in just his seventh start of the season. Kent pitched 6.0 innings of scoreless baseball aiding the Aggies in securing their sixth series victory in as many tries.
Missouri (20-9, 5-3) called on Peter Fairbanks (2-3) to make his seventh start of the season. He came in with a 1.82 ERA, but his sterling record didn't faze the Aggies. Fairbanks was touched for four runs, and left the game after walking the first batter of the fourth inning.
The Texas A&M (27-2, 7-2) lineup hung runs on Missouri early and often. They scratched out the first run of the game in the bottom of the first on a Nick Banks' single. The Aggies continued in the second slapping a crooked number on the scoreboard with a Logan Nottebrok two-run homer, his second of the season. Mitchell Nau added another in the third when he blasted a solo shot to dead center that bounced off the top of the fence. In the fifth frame, the Aggies brought the lead to five-love via a JB Moss single.
Kent was on his game early. He retired the first six batters of the game and induced double plays to wrap up the third and the fourth. Missouri was on the cusp of a rally in the sixth with bases juiced and nobody out. Kent settled down and fanned the next hitter then used his third inning-ending double play to escape the jam unscathed.
In the bottom of the sixth, The Aggies forced the Tigers to abandon all hope by dropping a cool nine runs on four different pitchers. After the first five runners reached base, Logan Taylor meander to the box with the bases loaded. Taylor rocketed a grand slam to left, his sixth long ball on the season, giving the Aggies an 11-0 lead. The Aggies weren't done just yet as they added three bonus runs with four more hits including Nau's second RBI single of the inning. The A&M sixth-inning carousel, included seven hits, three walks, 14 plate appearances, and nine runs scored by nine different Aggies.
Mizzou got on the scoreboard with five runs in the top of the seventh. Brigham Hill was tagged for five runs and relieved in the inning by Blake Kopetsky, who got a chance to record his longest outing of the season, working 1.2 innings. Corbin Martin and Andrew Vinson worked the ninth, allowing one run and putting a lid on the series.
Taylor led the Aggie offense with a 3-for-4 day that included a grand slam and two singles. Nau drove in four runs on three hits and tallied three runs. A&M was aided by a great day on the base paths with four stolen bases in four attempts. The eight-run margin was the Ag's largest conference win since April 20, 2014 against Kentucky.